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James FrazerThe Golden Bough (May 9, 2009)

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LibriVox recording of The Golden Bough, by Sir James Frazer.

The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion is a wide-ranging comparative study of mythology and religion, written by Scottish anthropologist Sir James George Frazer (1854–1941). It offered a modernist approach, discussing religion dispassionately as a cultural phenomenon, rather than from a theological perspective. Although most of its theories have subsequently been exploded (the most famous one being that of the relationship between magic, religion and science), its impact on contemporaneous European literature was substantial.

The Golden Bough attempts to define the shared elements of religious belief, ranging from ancient belief systems to relatively modern religions such as Christianity. Its thesis is that old religions were fertility cults that centered around the worship of, and periodic sacrifice of, a sacred king. This king was the incarnation of a dying and reviving god, a solar deity who underwent a mystic marriage to a goddess of the earth, who died at the harvest, and was reincarnated in the spring. Frazer claims that this legend is central to almost all of the world's mythologies, and he offers a plethora of colourful examples from all over the world. Moreover, his book is written in an admirable style, seldom excelled by his more modern colleagues.

(From Wikipedia, with small additions by Måns Broo)

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This audio is part of the collection: The LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection
It also belongs to collections: Audio Books & Poetry; Community Audio

Artist/Composer: James Frazer
Date: 2009-05-09
Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text
Keywords: librivox; literature; audiobook; magic; religion; study; anthropology; belief; Christianity; legend;

Creative Commons license: Public Domain


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00 - Preface & Chapters I & II 39.6 MB
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01 - Chapters III.1 & III.2 part 1 43.7 MB
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02 - Chapter III.2 part 2 45.5 MB
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03 - Chapter III.3-4 35.8 MB
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04 - Chapter IV 38.1 MB
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05 - Chapter V.1-2 50.7 MB
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06 - Chapter V.3-4 16.6 MB
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07 - Chapter VI 24.5 MB
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08 - Chapter VII 48.2 MB
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09 - Chapters VIII & IX 44.6 MB
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10 - Chapter X 44.5 MB
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11 - Chapters XI & XII 33.1 MB
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12 - Chapters XIII & XIV 41.1 MB
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13 - Chapters XV & XVI 22.5 MB
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14 - Chapter XVII 33.2 MB
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15 - Chapter XVIII 54.2 MB
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16 - Chapter XIX 26.6 MB
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17a - Chapter XX part 1 33.8 MB
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17b - Chapter XX part 2 39.0 MB
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18a - Chapter XXI part 1 35.2 MB
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18b - Chapter XXI part 2 36.2 MB
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19 - Chapter XXII 59.8 MB
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20 - Chapters XXIII & XXIV 71.1 MB
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21 - Chapters XXV - XXVII 34.2 MB
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22a - Chapter XXVIII part 1 39.8 MB
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22b - Chapter XXVIII part 2 55.2 MB
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23 - Chapters XXIX - XXXI 39.2 MB
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24 - Chapters XXXII & XXXIII 38.5 MB
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25 - Chapters XXXIV - XXXVI 29.0 MB
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26 - Chapters XXXVII & XXXVIII 38.3 MB
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27 - Chapter XXXIX 30.0 MB
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28 - Chapters XL - XLII 26.8 MB
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29 - Chapters XLIII & XLIV 36.8 MB
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30 - Chapter XLV 43.5 MB
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31 - Chapter XLVI 40.8 MB
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32a - Chapter XLVII part 1 25.8 MB
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32b - Chapter XLVII part 2 23.6 MB
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32c - Chapter XLVII part 3 31.5 MB
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33a - Chapter XLVIII part 1 34.1 MB
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33b - Chapter XLVIII part 2 25.6 MB
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34a - Chapter XLIX part 1 28.9 MB
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34b - Chapter XLIX part 2 24.8 MB
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35 - Chapter L 48.0 MB
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36 - Chapter LI 17.3 MB
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37 - Chapter LII 58.3 MB
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38 - Chapter LIII 42.1 MB
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39 - Chapters LIV & LV 42.2 MB
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40 - Chapter LVI 46.5 MB
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41 - Chapter LVII 55.1 MB
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42 - Chapters LVIII & LIX 51.8 MB
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43 - Chapters LX & LXI 60.5 MB
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44a - Chapter LXII part 1 44.5 MB
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44b - Chapter LXII part 2 64.0 MB
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45 - Chapter LXIII 31.6 MB
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46 - Chapter LXIV 28.4 MB
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47 - Chapter LXV 31.5 MB
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48 - Chapter LXVI 41.7 MB
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49a - Chapter LXVII part 1 46.3 MB
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49b - Chapter LXVII part 2 31.7 MB
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50 - Chapters LXVIII & LXIX 42.2 MB
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